THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

TUILERIES DU LITTORAL
[ROOF TILES FACTORY]

AUGUST 2007 - 15 PHOTOS
PARTLY DEMOLISHED

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At the beginning of the 20th century the roof tiles industry of the Kortrijk area (near the French border, some 20 miles from Lille) was considered to be the most modern, most mechanized and most productive in Europe. The use of stuffing presses and revolving presses was generalized. The large tileworks made use of extensive artificial drying sheds, and aerocondensors (where the steam condensor of the steam engines was combined with the heating of the sheds, thus saving on heating costs and increasing the performance of the steam engines). All the historic brick and tileworks of this area have been demolished in the 1980s and 1990s, excepted the Tuileries du Littoral. This company was originally situated in Ramskapelle, was there destroyed during the Great War and moved afterwards to Kortrijk.

The new and huge tileworks started production in 1923. Nevertheless the city council of Kortrijk is has giving the permission to demolish these unique buildings. A number of local preservationists have raised objections against this council decision and were supported by some councellors. When we visited the site a lot of office and stock buildings complete with the directors home where already demolished, so it's a matter of time that everything will be gone. It's a pity to see that the site with such a historic and industrial archaeological value will take place for apartments.